SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
Nelson PhD candidate maps nearly one-third of the world’s croplands, rural and farming communities stand to benefit
Aparna Phalke, a PhD candidate in the Environment and Resources (ER) program and recipient of a UW-Madison Graduate School Dissertator Fellowship, recently received international recognition for her work on a high-resolution cropland area map of Europe, the Middle East, Russia, and Central Asia.
AUGUST 26, 2020
Nelson Institute alumna working with Google, LinkedIn and Project Drawdown to create powerful climate change solutions
Nelson Institute alumna, Elizabeth Bagley, is at the forefront of developing sustainability and climate change solutions by connecting the public to the world of complex ecosystems. Earning her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bagley first became interested in pursuing a career in environmentalism after taking a series of classes her sophomore year including African 210: African Storyteller, a biocore class examining the Eagle Heights prairie, and Professor Cal Dewitt’s course focusing on the metabolism of the city.
AUGUST 20, 2020
Envisioning a future for grasslands in the United States
Grasslands are among the most endangered ecosystems in the world, but there is widespread hope for their conservation according to a recent report by University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute assistant scientist, Tyler Lark. Published in Land Use Policy, the paper, "Protecting our prairies: Research and policy actions for conserving America’s grasslands" outlines immediate opportunities to reduce the loss of native grasslands and improve agricultural sustainability across the United States.
AUGUST 14, 2020
2020 Nelson Institute Alumni Award Winners
Whether it is advancing environmental education in underserved areas, championing conservation, advocating for Tribal communities, or advancing scientific discoveries, Nelson Institute alumni are at the forefront of important efforts around the world. Such impactful work is deserving of recognition, which is why the Nelson Institute is proud to honor outstanding alumni through the annual Rising Star and Distinguished Alumni Awards.
AUGUST 14, 2020
Nelson Issue Brief addresses extreme precipitation events
The Nelson Institute is excited to release the second volume of the Nelson Issue Brief, a newsletter that summarizes and conveys up-to-date scholarship from across the UW-Madison campus on key issues of environmental concern.
AUGUST 7, 2020
Nelson Institute alumnus connecting environment and community with Iowa DNR
For Nelson Institute alumnus Steve Hopkins, pursuing a career in environmentalism was an easy choice. Hopkins grew up learning about animals, gardening, and the outdoors from his grandparents who had a cattle farm in Missouri.
JULY 29, 2020
Arthur B. Sacks establishes new endowment
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Nelson Institute – and the 100th birthday of the Institute’s first director professor Reid A. Bryson – the Institute’s second director professor Arthur B. Sacks has established the Arthur B. Sacks Fund for Environmental Studies and Sustainability Research and Education. The $25,000 endowment, established in December 2019, supports annual undergraduate and graduate awards for excellence in environmental studies and sustainability.
JULY 15, 2020
Water Resources Management cohort assesses land use impacts and community engagement in the Waubesa Wetlands
The 2017-18 Water Resources Management cohort recently published a report that investigates the possible impacts of upstream development of the Waubesa Wetlands. This report serves as a documentation of the cohort's project, which proposed to assess land use impacts and promote community engagement of the Waubesa Wetlands Watershed.
JULY 9, 2020
Nelson Institute online Conservation Standards course to launch
Conservation Essentials, a one-of-a-kind online course in conservation management is now being offered by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The course is a collaboration with specialists from Foundations of Success (FOS), the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP), and the Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet).
JULY 8, 2020
‘Multispecies Justice’ conference highlights Indigenous knowledge, student research
In early March, a couple hundred gathered at the Pyle Center on the UW–Madison campus to participate in a graduate student conference highlighting social and environmental justice. Organized by graduate students and hosted by the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE), the conference featured interdisciplinary researchers, graduate students, and local experts who discussed the fundamental connection between social and environmental justice.